I've got several cards to share today!
I'll start with my Papertrey Ink challenge projects. First, the colour challenge card. I chose Betsy's palette: Royal Velvet, Winter Wisteria, Tropical Teal, Aqua Mist and Green Parakeet.
I started with making a few watercolour backgrounds using the Smooshing technique. I loaded up a large block with all 5 inks, spritzed with water and stamped. I added a few splatters and decided that the colours would look fun with as planets. I die cut a few from Out of This World and decorated them further with the coordinating planet images.
For the background, this was also one of my previous smooshing techniques. Because of the type of paper I used, it was less subtle. In order to make it more interest, I added more splatters and then I used one of the stencils from the kit and the corresponding inks.
Next up, the Stripes challenge. I brought out a PTI oldie-Faux Ribbon and started making a stamped background. I pulled out Superstar and decided to cluster a few stars and added some Spring Moss ribbon and a sentiment from Ways to Say It: Birthday
Now, onto the MFT Olympics!
Event One: Stamping Slalom
The goal was to use at least 3 MFT stamp sets. I used a dragon from Magical Dragons, a heart balloon from Adorable Elephants, and the sentiment from Bitty Bears. I also brought in a 4th MFT image product- the ray stencil. The card is pretty basic. I stamped and arranged the dragon with the balloon and then coloured it in with Stampin' Up markers. I blended coordinating ink on the Lemon Tart background to add the ray pattern.
Event Two: Freestyle Cardmaking
For this challenge, the card could be in any style, but had to feature a winter theme. I brought out Polar Bear Pals, Beast Friends, and Paradise Penguins for the stamps. I coloured these with Stampin' Up markers again. For the background I used the Stitched Snowdrifts and the Cloud stencil.
Event Three: Crafty Biathlon
For this challenge,you had to choose a card type and a technique. I chose the card type of Shaker and the technique of Emboss Resist. I embossed two flowers from Desert Blooms in white embossing powder. I blended several distress inks over that. Next I die-cut the word Smile out of the background. That's where I made my shaker card! To finish it off, I added a white embossed greeting and some black nuvo drops to the background.
Event Four: Speed Cardmaking
This card is the one I made for my sketch challenge over at Clean & Simple Stamping. It was a nice quick card made with the retired MFT set Pretty Poppies.